Could Oral Communication Be Successfully Taught Online?
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
This paper discusses the formative stages of an ongoing study to develop a course in oral communication that can be taught entirely online using chat rooms, bulletin boards and synchronous video-conferencing. It addresses the reasons for the development of the on-campus oral communication course, its structure, pedagogical foundations and its evolution from the face-to-face and distance print-based delivery modes to be taught entirely online. Due to current technical limitations a simulated online course will be developed and conducted under experimental conditions using a Local Area Network. This study will not only assist oral communication instructors, but also instructors developing a wide range of courses for online delivery.